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Success Awards

Success Awards

The APS Education Foundation’s Success Awards are intended to make an impact at a schoolwide level. School or department leaders should apply for programs or projects with the potential to serve large numbers of students and to improve the learning experiences of students in a measurable way. The APS Education Foundation envisions its grant programs as an opportunity to pilot new, innovative or promising programs in the district.

Past winners have included Manzano High School, to offer a program aimed at improving math scores; Cleveland Middle School, to implement schoolwide clubs during the school day; the Juvenile Detention Center, to provide transition services to students leaving custody; and the STEM Trajectory Initiative, a collaboration between the West Mesa and Valley cluster schools to engage students in STEM activities.

For more information, contact Lori Webster at (505) 880-3708 or

In the 2017-2018 school year, the APS Education Foundation anticipates making multiple awards of between $10,000 and $25,000. The ultimate goal is to create a project – or continue a project – that advances academic excellence in a measurable way.

Eligible Applicants:

A school principal or a district department that deals directly with schools and students. A Success Award will not be funded without the full support of school administration. Only APS employees may submit applications, not employees of partner non-profits.

Eligible Proposals:

- Serve an entire school or a large percentage of students, such as a grade level or department.
- Focus on meeting the needs of and improving outcomes for students.
- Use measurable outcomes to determine the success of the project.
- Be well conceived and clearly written.
- Represent a good fiscal investment for the APS Education Foundation and its donor community.

Grant Term:

Success Awards may be for one year or two years, depending on the proposal. All funds must be spent by the deadline or the grantee must request an extension. If the grant funds cannot be spent to implement the project, then the must be returned to the Foundation.

Grant Amount:

Applicants for Success Awards can propose project budgets of up to $25,000. Proposals should be for at least $10,000.

Reporting Requirements:

Success Award recipients will be required to provide a detailed report on what worked, what didn’t and whether the goals of the project were achieved at the end of each year of funding. Grantees should also be willing to host site visits, provide success stories and assist the Foundation with promotional activities.

Other Considerations:

- Agreements or partnerships with outside nonprofit groups should have the approval of APS administration. Funding will go to the school or department, and NOT directly to a partner nonprofit.
- Any budget for stipends or salaries must agree with existing APS salary schedules and labor agreements. Don’t forget to budget for benefits.
- Proposals for large amounts of technology (laptops carts, computer labs or class sets of computers) should consult with Jason Johnson, Executive Director of IT, at or (505) 830-6857 to confirm that your IT infrastructure will support your request and to get an accurate quote for the cost of the technology.

Grant Writing Tips:

- Focus on the impact on your idea on students.  The project should be the means to changing something in students’ school experience in a positive way.
- Proposals should focus on a specific need at a school linked to academic results, truancy, school attendance, school climate or another issue. Keep in mind that 74% of APS schools are Title I high-poverty schools so this is not a unique need.
- Grant applications will be read by non-educators so avoid educational jargon and acronyms.  It is beneficial to provide background information on programs, curriculum being used and general information that may not be known by non-educators.
- Be clear about how this project can be funded in the future after APS Education Foundation support has ended. Document other sources of funding such as PTA funding or the school’s operational budget.

Deadline to Apply:

March 28, 2018 at 5:00pm MST


Lori Webster, Grant Writer & Manager
Tel: (505) 880-3708

Shannon Barnhill, Executive Director
Tel: (505) 878-6165       

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